Kirsten Dauphinais Appointed Director of Bar Passage and Academic Success

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Professor Kirsten Dauphinais is the new Director of Bar Passage and Academic Success at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Her appointment to this new role is part of a number of new academic support initiatives at the law school designed to help students succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice.

"I'm eager to help our law students reach their highest potential and fulfill their academic and professional goals," said Dauphinais. "The academic success and bar passage initiatives help the students who need it most, and complement our high-quality educational program at the law school."

"We began taking a serious look at the connection between academic success and professional success in 2009," said Dean Kathryn Rand. "Students who do well in law school are more likely to pass the bar exam. That's true both at UND and across the nation."

With Dauphinais' leadership, the School of Law is undertaking a number of new initiatives related to student retention and student success, including a new bar preparation course to be offered in Spring 2015 and enhancement of the school's current academic support programs.

"We look to a number of places to help us make the best decisions for our students—national best practices among law schools, graduates' feedback, input from the state's judges and lawyers, and passage rates on bar licensure exams," explained Rand.

Dauphinais is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law. She joined the UND law faculty in 2005 as the director of lawyering skills. She has presented on legal education and preparation for the legal profession at numerous national and international conferences.

"I'm delighted that Professor Dauphinais is bringing her talents and skills to this new role," said Rand. "We're excited to make these meaningful changes in our curriculum and in the support we provide to our students."